"Obviously, our intention is to make entry into Kinnick Stadium as safe and quick as possible. The rule of thumb to be used on Saturday regarding entering the stadium is pretty simple: 'The earlier, the better,' " said Rick Klatt, associate athletic director for external affairs.
Klatt said early arrivers to Kinnick Stadium will have the opportunity to enjoy pre-game performances by the marching bands from both Iowa and Iowa State in addition to a special presentation to the Musco Lighting Company of Oskaloosa in recognition of its role in the activities that followed the tragedies in Washington D.C. and New York City on September 11, 2001.
Fans entering Kinnick Stadium are reminded that the following items are not allowed inside the facility and should be left at home or in their vehicle. Fans carrying any of the following items will be denied entry.
Banned Items / Kinnick Stadium:
Bags of any size, alcoholic beverages, botas, all coolers, canned bottled beverages (except sealed clear plastic water bottles), thermoses, back packs, kegs, banners and signs, personal seat backs, large lens cameras, tripods, strollers, noisemakers, horns, bugles, or any other disruptive device.
Fans are also reminded that all patrons entering Kinnick Stadium are subject to search and that the University of Iowa reserves the right to refuse entry. The following items are allowed inside Kinnick Stadium but are subject to search. Allowed items subject to search include small purses, fanny packs, binocular cases, blankets and seat cushions. Fans are further reminded that Kinnick Stadium is a no-smoking facility and that smoking is allowed only in the designated areas in the four marked open-air corners of the facility. To expedite entry into Kinnick Stadium, fans are encouraged to enter at the gate that is indicated on their game ticket and to enter through the gates marked "Express" if they do not have any items requiring inspection.
Fans are also reminded that there is a "No Re-entry" policy at Kinnick Stadium. Fans who leave the facility after their initial entry will not be allowed re-entry unless they present a valid, unused game ticket at the gate.
Parking lots on the UI campus routinely used for football game days will open Saturday at 7 a.m. First-time visitors to Kinnick Stadium and the University of Iowa are reminded that the majority of parking in the immediate area around the stadium is reserved; general public parking is available at Finkbine Golf Course, Hancher Auditorium, the Finkbine Commuter parking lot and the public parking rams adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Kinnick Stadium. A free shuttle from Hancher Auditorium is available pre-game and post-game; all other parking areas noted are within walking distance of Kinnick Stadium. The cost is $5 per car, $10 per motor home and $15 per bus.
Tents, tarps or canopies are not permitted in any parking area if they impeded foot or vehicular traffic, or if they extend into additional parking spaces. Violators will be asked by University Public Safety personnel to dismantle the tent, tarp or canopy if acceptable use of those devices cannot be determined. For additional parking information visit www.hawkeyesports.com or www.hawkeyefootball.com. Fans looking for a place to call home prior to the game are reminded to visit the University of Iowa's new "Hawkeye Rally Alley" inside the Klotz Tennis Center immediately south of Kinnick Stadium on Melrose Avenue. Food from The Summitt Restaurant in Iowa City, Coca-Cola soft drinks and the opportunity to visit with members of Iowa's men's and women's basketball teams and radio broadcasters Gary Dolphin, EdPodolak, Mark Allen and Jim Albracht are just some of the opportunities available in the Alley. The Hawkeye Rally Alley will open at 2 p.m. and admission is free.
For additional information visit www.hawkeyesports.com, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes powered by McLeodUSA or contact the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.-iowa- For more information contact Rick Klatt, associate athletic director for external affairs, at (319) 335-9431.